A spokesperson for Russian opposition leader Alexi Navalny said he is in a coma in a Siberian hospital after being poisoned.Kira Yarmysh posted on social media that the 44-year-old Navalny became ill and collapsed as he was flying Thursday from the Siberian city of Tomsk to Moscow. The plane made an emergency landing in Omsk and Navalny was rushed to the hospital, where he was placed on a ventilator.Russia’s TASS news agency said Navalny is in serious condition, quoting the head doctor at the hospital.“We assume Alexi was poisoned with something mixed with his tea,” Yarmysh wrote on her Twitter account, adding it was the only thing he had before the flight. “Doctors say the toxin was absorbed faster through the hot liquid.” She said police have been called to the hospital.Yarmysh compared Thursday’s suspected poisoning to an incident last year when he became ill while serving a brief jail sentence and was rushed to a hospital. A doctor told his wife he suffered an acute allergic reaction that could have resulted from being poisoned with an unknown chemical.Navalny is a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin who has been arrested and jailed numerous times for organizing anti-government protests. He also founded a nonprofit foundation aimed at exposing government corruption.

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